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    Default Need ideas on lightweight fishing rafts or inflatable kayaks.

    I am looking for a couple rafts or inflatable kayaks that are small enough and light enough to haul around in my Cessna 180 on floats.

    They would be used for fly-fishing in lakes and paddling around taking photographs. No white-water stuff.

    Small size and light weight are a main driving point. I have used larger heavier two man kayaks, but found out that most fly fisher-folks do not like being that close to somebody else.

    I looked at some high end inflatable kayaks and my wife just about had a heart attack.

    Any Ideas???
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    I have had one of these for several years and love it fast stable and enough room. We have used it all over from Kodiak to Seldovia . Kurt

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    Which size did you settle for?? Does it fold up small enough to stick into the cargo bay of a C-180?
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    13 ft I have put it in Subaru ski pod really like it for use and portability. Have it at trailer at Sterling in summer call me and borrow it some time.
    Wife took it to Seldovia, Buddy borrowed it for Terror Lake Bear hunt on Kodiak, I throw it in bigger boat when I am out on the Sound. Use it all the time. Would easily fit I would think. Will measure it to see if its smaller. Kurt

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    AIRE Tomcats are the ticket!

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    You might consider the 12' Saturn RD365X. https://www.saturnrafts.com/12-saturn-raft-kayak.html 49#, only $800 and a drop stitch floor. Can easily be converted to self bailing. You could contact them to find out how small it rolls up.

    Or if $ is no option I'd get an Alpacka Forager https://www.alpackaraft.com/rafting/product/forager/ 13 1/2#, packed size of 23"x9.5" Too bad it's $1,700

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    I had a Aire Kayak and could not get it to track, got rid of it. Would have been scary in wind trying to get back on boat in the salt. Like the rest of the Aire boats but that one had to much rocker and no keel or rudder and would not track. Probably fine for a river.

    The Saturn 13 ft fishing Kayak will track perfect even in big winds, troll a leach a lot in windy lakes.

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    I wonder if there is any compelling reason to go with a 14 ft instead of a 13 ft.
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    Looks like the 14 ft is self bailing more of a play boat. I prefer a dry boat for my uses. But would prefer the 14 ft for Hawaii next week!

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    I agree on a dry deck. I did not notice that....
    One thing that bugs me about the Saturn FK396 https://www.boatstogo.com/fishing-inflatable-kayaks.asp is the 43 pound weight. I will probably carry two rafts and 90 pounds for both is a lot of weight that could be used for something else.

    I looked at the one-man Sea Eagle Packfish 7, but https://inflatableboats4less.com/product/packfish7 But they are 32 pounds by the time you have it all together and they do not have super reviews.

    The Innova Swing 1 https://www.innovakayak.com/swing-1-6-5c looks like a semi-traditional Kayak that is inflatable / fold-able. They are 25 pounds... They have very good reviews and while not perfect for fishing, might be good for goofing around a lake with a camera. They are fairly fast for an inflatable.

    I have never tried fishing out of the super light pack-rafts. I was always too busy trying to make it go in the direction I needed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    I am looking for a couple rafts or inflatable kayaks that are small enough and light enough to haul around in my Cessna 180 on floats.

    They would be used for fly-fishing in lakes and paddling around taking photographs. No white-water stuff.

    Small size and light weight are a main driving point. I have used larger heavier two man kayaks, but found out that most fly fisher-folks do not like being that close to somebody else.

    I looked at some high end inflatable kayaks and my wife just about had a heart attack.

    Any Ideas???
    I know the Boat Shop in Fairbanks sells both Achilles and Kachemak rafts--I'm thinking the Kachemak might be what you're looking for--more stable, stout floors and a heck of a payload, yet not too heavy.

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